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Skyline Grizzlies football preview




Head coach:
Scott Berger, seventh season
2014: 5-5, lost to Capital in first round of 5A state playoffs
Returning starters: 8 (3 offense, 5 defense)

There have been times in his previous six years as Skyline High School’s head football coach that Scott Berger has looked out at the field and known his Grizzlies were undermanned in a few spots on the field.

He doesn’t expect this fall to be one of those times.

“We have more bullets than we’ve had,” said the Grizzlies long-time assistant and current head coach of seven seasons. “We have to share some kids on offense and defense, more than we usually do, but we have kids who can make plays on Friday night.”

It starts in the backfield and junior running back David Ames. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder ran for 630 yards and six touchdowns in his first varsity season. He’ll be joined by sophomore Kyler Morgan and senior Brock Davis, who will also see time at wide receiver.

“They’re both real quality backs,” Berger said.

The Grizzlies lost their top receivers to graduation, but a group led by Davis, Carson Lott and Parker Stenersen (among others) along with tight end Garrett Whitehead should hold their own.

The line was hit by graduation, but senior and three-year starter Chase Owen and fellow senior Issac Snarr provide good anchors for a group that will likely include three sophomores. They’ll protect junior quarterback Bridger Taylor, who has looked good early in camp.

“He doesn’t have varsity experience, but he’s been around football a lot,” Berger said. “He’s a good leader, and if he can take care of the ball we’ll be fine.”

Owen will also play a role on defense for the first time, providing depth to a group led by seniors David Nawrocki and Jacob Kuns and junior linebacker-turned-defensive end Dominique Scrogum.

“He’s going to be a good one,” Berger said of Scrogum.

The linebacking corps is talented, led by senior Jacob Doherty. The secondary is loaded with experienced players in Stenersen, Davis, Caleb Campbell and Kolten Bates, along with a host of other talented players.

Chase Owen
Offensive line/defensive line
Year: Senior
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 255 pounds
Lowdown: Owen has been a constant presence on the Grizzlies offensive line, handling snaps and holding his own against defenders as a two-year starter at center. That won’t change this fall, where Owen will be asked to help a young line come of age quickly. But this year, Owen will also spend some time in the middle of the defensive line as well as the Grizzlies look for some extra big bodies to help out.


Aug. 28 at Coeur d’Alene, 8 p.m.
Circle this date: The Grizzlies have a favorable schedule, with many of their tough games at Ravsten. The opener is different – an 8-hour bus trip to face a team that has played in the 5A state title game four times in the past five years.
Sept. 4 vs. Blackfoot, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 vs. Bonneville*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Rigby, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 vs. Century, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Hillcrest*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 vs. Highland*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 vs. Madison*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Idaho Falls*, 4 p.m.
*-conference game


Break in a new QB
The Grizzlies won’t have an experienced quarterback to lean on this fall while turning the reins over to junior Bridger Taylor, the JV starter a year ago. Taylor isn’t the fastest or the tallest, but he’s a coach’s kid (his father, Brett is the Skyline baseball coach and an assistant in football) who has a strong arm and a good knowledge of the game.

Staying fresh
Skyline has always shied away from playing guys both ways unless the player was too good or a position was too thin. That’s changing a bit this fall. Scott Berger said he expects to play a handful of guys both ways at receiver/defensive back and on the offensive/defensive lines to better match up with opponents.

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